Sometimes the answer is a semi-patronizing, "We know you try to do your best" or "You mean well" or the more painful "You are what you are. We know that and we love you" (you can hear the "anyway" at the end of that one, can't you?).
More often it's "What have you been reading, Mom?" because I told them a story once about an episode in my high school years.
My mom came out onto the back deck where I was sunbathing, fixed me with an earnest stare and said, "Do we pressure you into getting good grades?"
I looked at her and said, "What magazine article have you been reading?" Her face told me I had hit the mark.
"Don't worry," I said. "I pressure myself." She went back inside, much relieved.
The quote: “There comes a point at which you just have to give up on that one and focus on the next kid.”
I love my children. How can I not when they're so much like me?
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